What is an Applied Mathematician (and Why Would You Want One Teaching You)?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 3:00pm
Center for Legislative Studies (CLS), Auditorium

In this presentation we take an overview of the research interests of Dr. Christopher Elmer
while getting a glimpse into exactly what is an Applied Mathematician.  Topics reviewed include
seismic exploration, phase transitions in crystalline materials, axon potential propagation
in mammalian nerve fibers, stability of two wheeled vehicles, and acoustics of goblet shaped drums.

Dr. Christopher Elmer, Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

Dr. Christopher Elmer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, specializes in differential-difference equations and their applications to crystalline materials and to biological structures that have a periodic behavior. Currently, his undergraduate research focuses on the dynamics and development of single track vehicles and in the acoustical properties of goblet shaped drums.

Dr. Elmer earned his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to coming to Shepherd, he was Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a NRC postdoctoral mathematician in the Materials Science Laboratory at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and a heavy construction equipment operator in the United States Air Force.